MFHA - (Masters of Foxhounds Association)

Online Stud Book


The online studbook is available to members of the MFHA and others, from all countries, who are involved in the breeding of stud book foxhounds. Apply to the MFHA for access with this form.

Hunt Staff Benefit Society

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The Hunt Staff Benefit Society (HSBS) provides personal pension schemes specifically for hunt staff. Find out more about how to join the HSBS, or how to support the HSBS through various Fund Raising initiatives.

Hunting News

Hound Health

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Bovine Tuberculosis (bTB) was suspected in hounds at the Kimblewick in December (and subsequently confirmed at the end of January).  DEFRA has not imposed any movement or other restrictions, as it does not consider that there is any increased risk to wildlife and farm stock.  However, the Hunt immediately suspended hunting in the interests of farmers and landowners and the wider hunting interest.

There is only one recently recorded case of a dog with bTB in England, some four years ago.  The Kimblewick and Hunting Office are working closely with officials from DEFRA, Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), Public Health England and the Royal Dick Veterinary School (Edinburgh), other Vets with specialist expertise in bTB in order to determine the exact position and the best way forward.

The website will be updated when more information is known.

28th February 2017


Is there a Side Saddle in your Attic

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Click here to see the Press Release from the Side Saddle Association


Happy Birthday to the Banwen Miners

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This week we bring you an excellent new short film, made in conjunction with our friends at and presented by former Countryside Alliance board member and seasoned hunting campaigner, Nicky Sadler. The film is a true celebration of hunting, marking the 50th anniversary of the Banwen Miners Hunt in South Wales. The Banwen Miners Hunt has it all: history; characters; youngsters coming into hunting and a friendly, community spirit. We are treated to some vintage footage of the miners in their work clothes heading off to get ready for the meet and setting off on horseback from the pit, and there is also plenty to enjoy from the commentary of two of the Hunt's Masters, Jeff Evans and Peter Astle.

Nicky clearly enjoys her day with the Banwen Miners, attending the meet at what used to be a pub but is now the Rasoi Indian Kitchen. The enthusiasm of the staff at the restaurant and the warm welcome the hunt enjoys is a constant and is wonderful to see. One of the waiters also talks about his enjoyment of hunting. The only thing not to enjoy, it seems, is the high scent of the trail being laid.

Happy Birthday to the Banwen Miners, and here's to the next 50 years. Watch their film here and please send it on to others to enjoy. Members of the CA will also be able to enjoy Nicky's companion Banwen Miners article in the CA Spring membership magazine, out in March. 




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The media interest in the RSPCA as a result of the Heythrop prosecution remains very strong, several weeks after the case closed.  Below are a number of links to newspaper articles and radio interviews which you may find interesting.



Symposium on Wildlife Diseases and Conservation

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vawm logoFollowing successful symposia in 2006, 2008 and 2010 a fourth Veterinary Association of Wildlife Management (VAWM) symposium is to be held at The Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE on Thursday, 15th November, 2012
Topics will include:

The “Big society” and conservation
“One health” – integrating human, domestic animal and wildlife health
Life in the Wild – contrasting the life of wild and domestic animals
Disease threats from animal imports and pet travel
Bat disease surveillance
Cetacean strandings
Avian reintroductions and poisoning
A number of distinguished speakers have already been secured for what promises to be another influential and important meeting on wildlife diseases and conservation. Full programme and details will be published on the VAWM website


Hunting, Wildlife Management and the Moral Issue

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foxThe Veterinary Association for Wildlife Management (VAWM) has updated its report "Hunting, Wildlife Management and the Moral Issue" and is required reading for supporters of hunting with dogs.

The group has 570 supporters who are general veterinary practitioners and are spread across England , Wales, Scotland and Ireland . Many have had years of clinical experience with all common species of domestic and wild animals. Some are, or were, in the pharmaceutical industry, some are academics with a wealth of research experience, five are veterinary professors and six are fellows of the Royal College of Pathologists.The objectives of the Association are to promote the sensible management of British wildlife by methods that are advantageous for the welfare of wild animals and which promote or sustain the health and vigour of their species.

Read "Hunting, Wildlife Management and the Moral Issue" on the VAWM website


Why the hunting ban should be overturned

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two houndsEx-Countryside Alliance Head of Policy Nigel Burke writes in the Daily Express: "My colleague Ann Widdecombe has suggested that animal rights activists should be sent out with video cameras to monitor hunts to make sure that they stay within the terms of the Hunting Act and she paints a picture of them as a benign Neighbourhood Watch for foxes.

"I’m afraid that when she was an anti-hunting MP, valuable to animal rights campaigners, Ann won’t have had the chance to meet activists as they truly are..."

Click her to read the full article


Hunting Act convictions

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hunt buttonsThe Ministry of Justice has released new figures on Hunting Act convictions in England and Wales in response to a Parliamentary Question. In 2010 36 people were convicted of Hunting Act offences. None of those was employed by, or connected with, any hunt registered with the Masters of Foxhounds Association. Only one of those convictions relates to a hunt registered with the Council of Hunting Associations, of which the MFHA is a member.

Complete data from the Ministry of Justice from 2005 – 2010 shows that 181 people were convicted of Hunting Act offences. Just three of those people were connected to MFHA packs and three with other with registered CHA hunts. More than 97% of Hunting Act convictions did not involve hunts.

A Countryside Alliance press release on the conviction figures can be viewed here.


The MFHA AGM 2011

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The 2011 Masters of Foxhounds Association Annual General Meeting was held at Cheltenham Racecourse on Tuesday 7th June. Chairman Stephen Lambert, Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Alice Barnard and Simon Hart MP addressed the 300 Masters and Chairmen in attendance.

The Chairman reported on another successful year for the Association despite the difficulties associated with the Hunting Act. He welcomed the new Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Alice Barnard who described her vision for the Alliance and reiterated the commitment of the organisation to the repeal of the Hunting Act. Simon Hart briefed the meeting on the political strategy for repeal and emphasised the strength of support within Parliament and the Government for hunting and the rural community.

The treasurer, Joe Cowan, reported on the association’s healthy financial position and the Director, Alastair Jackson, briefed the meeting on the work of the Hunting Office over the previous year. The AGM was followed by lunch in the magnificent panoramic restaurant in the main grandstand at Cheltenham.

Alastair Jackson and Alice Barnard Lucy Higginson, Editor of Horse and Hound, makes a point to Ian Farquhar and Bill Andrewes Lunch in the panoramic restaurant

Hunts help heroes

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horses help heroes logoFrom Ian Farquhar MFH, Vice Chairman MFHA:

A couple of years ago many hunts throughout the UK supported an initiative run by the MFHA to raise funds for Help for Heroes. We presented them with a cheque at the Cheltenham Countryside Race Day and I can assure you, meeting two young soldiers who had lost five limbs between them was a very salutatory and humbling experience.

I am writing to all Hunts, to ask you to really put your backs behind this latest venture by Horses Help Heroes, (in support of Help for Heroes) to drive a replica First World War Horse Drawn Ambulance from Lands End to John o` Groats day and night, a distance of nearly 1000 miles in hopefully around 10 days.  It will be manned in rotation by twelve soldiers, all amputees and the route is outlined on the attached pamphlet.  The money raised by Horses Help Heroes will also be distributed to Combat Stress, the Army Benevolent Fund and BLESMA (British Limbless Ex Service Men's Association).